Bill Cahn Artist-in-Residence in Japan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Percussionist Bill Cahn Artist-in-Residence at Showa University of Music in Kanagawa, Japan December 5 to 17, 1998 Showa University in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, has announced that Bill Cahn will be featured in the University’s Artist-in-Residence program. Mr. Cahn’s residency will consist of: workshops on subjects related to percussion performance and history masterclasses… Read more »

NEXUS MEETS PETER SADLO – Vol 1 – Koch 3-1557-2

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Koch International Classics – 3-1557-2 Marubatoo (13:29) John Wyre Fra Fra (5:31) NEXUS Mbira (5:49) NEXUS Remembrance (10:33) Robin Engelman 5-10 – Solo works for percussion performed by Peter Sadlo

TOCCATA – Nexus Records 10410

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a live recording celebrating NEXUS’ 25th Anniversary season 1. Kichari (14:56) NEXUS Recorded in Studio 10, DeutschlandRadio, Berlin, Germany on October 6, 1995. Recorded live for radio broadcast with a studio audience. Recording Engineer: Hans Martin

About Playing The Xylophone (lecture delivered at PASIC 1995)

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I have to say, it’s becoming more and more difficult for me to think of things to say about playing the xylophone these days. Even though it’s an instrument that I still play fairly regularly on NEXUS concerts, it’s not something that I spend much time with outside of that context. It’s interesting to me… Read more »

VOICES – Nexus Records 10317

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Nexus Records 10317 Music For Percussion and Symphony Orchestra NEXUS with The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Peter Bay, conducting Connexus by John Wyre (20:30)

ORIGINS – Nexus Records 10295

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Nexus Records 10295 Live Improvisations This recording is a vivid reproduction of the kind of spontaneous, unrehearsed improvisation that can be experienced at a live NEXUS concert. The music on this disc was recorded directly from the studio floor to two track digital tape. Balance and mix were monitored and controlled in real time with… Read more »

The Responsibilities of a Professional Principal Percussionist

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This article was written for the Atlanta Percussion Newsletter in October 1991 by Bill Cahn A symphony orchestra, or for that matter any large organization comprised of many different people, is a complex and frequently difficult-to-understand entity. Seventy to one-hundred highly educated professionals – all having unique backgrounds in the study of their particular musical… Read more »

DANCE OF THE OCTOPUS – NEXUS with Judy Loman – CBC 2-1037

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CBC 2-1037 1 – Palta (7:13) Bob Becker [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 2-4 – Red Norvo Suite (13:16) Red Norvo, arr. William Cahn 5 – In Ancient Temple Gardens (13:55) William Cahn [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 6 – Fra Fra (5:59) arr. NEXUS 7 – African Funeral Song (4:38)… Read more »

Melodic Snare Drumming and Rudimental Arithmetic

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Melodic Snare Drumming is a conceptual approach to playing snare drum that involves physically hearing or – equally well – imagining a melodic accompaniment while performing or practicing. This idea is in fact very old, and for centuries was the system through which military-style drumming was taught, practiced and played. The first part of the… Read more »

The Paradoxes of Percussion

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In 1989 I was approached with the prospect of editing an issue of the Bristish publication Contemporary Music Review about contemporary percussion. At the time, I thought it would be very interesting to give percussion performers a forum in which to present some of their feelings about the professional situations into which they are drawn… Read more »

NEXUS NOW – Nexus Records 10262

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Nexus Records 10262 Marubatoo (13:05) John Wyre [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Fauna (13:17) William Cahn Cymbal (11:55) Bob Becker Rain Tree (11:10) Toru Takemitsu Remembrance (9:36) Robin Engelman

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